Hogan Leaves Ring for Stage; Will Be Daughter

From today's edition of the New York Daily News:

Here's a dad you don't want to see when you pick up his daughter for a date: Hulk Hogan.

Even though the 54-year-old '80s flashback is hobbling around on crutches, the result of a wrestling injury he suffered on a tour of Japan, he's been scaring off any and all suitors for his only daughter, 15-year-old Brooke.

The blond, 5-foot-10 ninth-grader is an aspiring pop singer managed by Backstreet Boys impresario Lou Pearlman - and recently the limping Hulk chaperoned his daughter to Orlando for a showcase performance.

"I got a problem," he revealed to Lowdown. "She's 15 and beautiful. ... The way she runs around during the day is perfect. ... But when you put stage makeup on these young kids, she's perceived as being older, so we have these 22-year-old guys calling."

Hogan gruffly rejects the maxim of one-time wrestling manager Cyndi Lauper, the Reagan-era pop star who sang "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

"I tell them, 'She's not old enough to date yet,'" Hogan said, getting irate even at the thought.

"Yes, you're 22, yes, you have a nice Corvette, but she's 15! There's nothing to talk about!"

He added: "She'll be old enough to date when she's 35."

Hogan plans to be his daughter's full-time handler, in the firm belief that she's destined for stardom.

"When you see her on that stage," the proud dad said, "I've never seen anybody that steps up to the plate like my daughter."

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